Following extensive lobbying by the Law Society since the re-introduction of means testing in the magistrates' court on 2 October, the Government has now announced significant concessions to the way the scheme operates.
In summary they will:
Andrew Holroyd, Law Society Vice President, said: "The LSC has announced some welcome reforms in the very areas that we, the CLSA, LCCSA and LAPG had highlighted as particularly problematic. However, we still consider that a full review of the means test system is necessary to ensure that it is operating in the interests of justice."
The Law Society, in its representative capacity, has issued a statement to criminal defence solicitors regarding the means test introduced in the magistrates' court in October 2006. It sets out the Society's representations in relation to problems associated with the means test. The position in relation to various forms of collective action undertaken by groups of practitioners, and the competition, ethical and contractual issues which practitioners should consider before deciding to join in such action are set out below.